I've been trying to optimize my disk subsystem for some time, and one of the prefered methods is to use striping...
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and large cluster size (I am going for "speed" with an IDE based disk system.)
While this solution has optimized my read-write acsess, I've been stumped when it comes to defragmentation. Neither native Windows 2000 or thrid party tools that I've tried are able to defragment NTFS cluster size larger than 4 KB.
Is there a way besides formatting the disk/partition from scratch to solve defragmentation issues on cluster sizes larger than 4 KB?
PS. My enviroment is basickly Windows 2000 workstation and Advanced Server with an IDE-based disk subsystem. I also use Highpoint 370/372 controller on my fileserver.
Unfortunately, Windows NT/2000 defrag API has a limitation of a 4 KB cluster size. Any clusters sizes greater than 4 KB cannot be defragged. Windows XP does not have this limitation anymore. Symantec's Norton SpeedDisk does not use the Windows defrag API, and thus can handle cluster sizes north of 4 KB, but this has one drawback: there is no guarantee that the defragmentation will not harm your volumes, since they do not rely on the built-in routines. So you must decide on your own how you want to proceed.
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